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Rick Pluta

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Governor Rick Snyder rolled out a plan Monday to improve school safety following the Parkland-Florida shootings.  The plan is silent on issues related to guns.


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For more than two decades, Rick Pluta has been covering Michigan politics in Lansing as chief correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network.  He has his finger on the pulse of what is happening at levels of state government.  Now, he'll regularly share his expertise with you in 89.1 WEMU's new feature, 'The State of Politics." 


Gretchen Whitmer
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Former state Senate Democratic leader Gretchen Whitmer filed petition signatures yesterday to get her name on the primary ballot as a candidate for governor.  


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The debate over firearms and school safety found its way Wednesday to the Michigan Supreme Court


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For more than two decades, Rick Pluta has been covering Michigan politics in Lansing as chief correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network.  He has his finger on the pulse of what is happening at levels of state government.  Now, he'll regularly share his expertise with you in 89.1 WEMU's new feature, 'The State of Politics." 


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The Michigan Supreme Court will decide whether police officers illegally searched the backpack of a passenger in a stopped vehicle.  The passenger says officers should have first asked his permission.


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Inmates sent to prison as children can sue the state over sexual abuse and other alleged misconduct, under a ruling from the Michigan Court of Appeals.


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More local governments are getting money to create better systems to make sure every criminal defendant has a properly trained lawyer through every step of the legal process.


Cannabis
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The state medical marijuana board has deadlocked on the first two applications for licenses.


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The state House has approved a bill to require vehicles to keep a distance of at least three feet when passing bicyclists. 


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Governor Rick Snyder has signed a budget bill that accelerates spending on road repairs in time to help with the spring and summer construction season. 


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The state Senate passed legislation sponsors say will increase the rights of victims of sexual assault.


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State schools superintendent Brian Whiston is stepping down to concentrate on his battle with cancer.


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Bills to address campus sexual misconduct have stalled in the state Senate.


Michigan Supreme Court
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The Michigan Supreme Court will decide whether it’s legal for judges to order defendants to pay fees and court costs.  A defendant says that violates the state constitution.


Prisons
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The state House has adopted bills that would allow prisoners in advanced stages of illness, including cancer and dementia to be paroled for medical reasons.


Rick Snyder
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Governor Rick Snyder has signed into law a measure that ensures the personal exemption on state income taxes will not disappear as a result of the new federal tax law.  The governor says the state can handle a tax cut and spending more to fix roads.


Michigan State Senate
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Bills to lift time limits to file sex assault lawsuits have cleared a state Senate committee.  It’s part of the state’s response to the Larry Nassar scandal and the issue of sexual misconduct on college campuses.


Education
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Tuition-free community college for all is one of the priorities rolled out Monday by state House Democrats.  The Democrats’ plans create several friction points with Republicans.


Michigan Capitol
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A bipartisan group of state lawmakers will roll out bills today designed to combat sexual misconduct on college campuses.  It’s part of the Legislature’s initial response to issues at Michigan State University.


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The state is warning prospective patients they should not go through marijuana suppliers to apply for medical marijuana cards. 


Police Car
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Some state lawmakers want to end the practice of allowing police agencies to seize and hold onto cash, cars, and other assets that they think might have played a role in illegal activity.  State law allows police departments to keep seized assets even if a suspect is never charged or convicted of a crime.


Interim Michigan State University President John Engler has instructed school employees to cooperate with investigations into campus sexual misconduct.  Michigan’s former governor began his first full day on the job as convicted MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced for sexually abusing patients. 


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Governor Rick Snyder has called for an assessment on water bills to help pay for fixing pipes and other infrastructure.  A plan rolled out Thursday would add a dollar every year to most water bills for five years.


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Governor Rick Snyder says a new shipping lock in Joliet, Illinois is needed to stop Asian carp from making their way from the Mississippi River system to the Great Lakes.  Snyder says it’s taking too long to get the project started.


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